Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Testify My Friends, Testify!

As a pastor, I love hearing what God is doing and has done in the lives of the believers in my church.  It is also a shame, that when we give people a time to share, people like to look at you as a deer caught in the headlights.

Why is this?  Are we afraid of looking stupid?  Are we afraid of sounding stupid?  Or do we think that what we have to say is not really all that exciting?  This my friends, I think is a great trick of the devil.  If we do not talk about what God is doing in our lives, then God sounds boring.  It just kind of reinforces the preconcieved notions of people that God is dead and boring.

In John 12:9, we read about the testimony of Lazarus.  "Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus , whom he had raised from the dead."  After Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, people not only wanted to come and see Jesus, but also see Lazarus who was dead a few days before.

Can you imagine the questions that people had for him?  "Lazarus, what was it like?"  "Did you see a great light?"  "Did you hear music playing?"  "Were there angels waiting to welcome you to heaven?"  I am sure that his response was, "I don't know, but I know who raised me from the dead."

Here is what I think the exciting part of these three verses are:  John 12:10  "So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him."  Because of the testimony of Lazarus, people were putting their faith in Jesus.  This is why in church or in our small groups, or wherever we are, we need to be sharing about what God has done for us and in us.  How He is transforming us.  We need to tell people about the love that God has for them.  We need to open our mouths and tell the story of Jesus.  What a better example is there than telling people of what God can do, will do, and wants to do in us and for us.  We all need to practice what Lazarus did.  Are you ready to be an example?

The time is now!  Testify, my friends, testify!

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